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Second Saturday

So this Saturday was the Second Saturday on the Square in York.

We woke up early and decided to head out to the festivities around 10:30. We weren’t sure what to expect because this was our first time, but we were looking forward to some fun crafts and art!

When we got there were began the photo scavenger hunt… #ssots


Though we didn’t get very far because we were having to much fun enjoying the balloons and the music!

Landyn put glass pieces together on the Second Saturday logo mosaic mural.  Then Element and Landyn painted some puzzle pieces to go up in another mural. But the best part was the balloons!

Oh and seeing Element get her face painted for the first time! She was such a good girl. She sat so still and quiet, and when it was all over, Justin Plotkin took some photos of Element in the mirror checking it out!


It was such a wonderful day! Very much looking forward to August!

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Super moons and Sunsets

With the beauty of the sky every evening,
we should be in awe of the universe and give thanks for all of the things the day has given us.

With the beauty of the sky every morning,
we should be in awe of the universe and give thanks for the infinite amount of possibilities available to us.

Our sunset paintings delicately manifested themselves on our canvases while the wine flowed.

We had sweet and salty, and dark chocolates as our guides. Along with the sweetest of Blackberry wine from Logan’s View Winery, Moscato pink Champaign and a nice Cabernet Sauvignon.

The palm trees danced in the cool breeze after a hot summers day.

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Jellyfish everywhere!


Saturday evening I had the pleasure of teaching the jellyfish painting to some relatives! It was very interesting seeing my parents and uncle playing the role of students. I could tell right away who would’ve gotten an A in my class or who I would’ve had to re-direct to stay on task. Haha. It was a great time.

Each of their paintings turned out spectacular.
It was a lot of fun! Thanks for coming out and painting with me.

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Camping Much!

Its been looking like July is the month for camping! Though I really want to go to the beach!

So we went to Codorus again! This time with the kids! Landyn is 6 years old and Element just turned 2.  Landyn asked all day to go camping he was so excited to go! He woke up early and made everyone get up and get dressed and packed!  Little did he know the adventure that waited for him!



We got to Codorus and no one was there! A huge difference from the first time when it was just me and Theo.  This time we were able to go back into the “roughing it” section; which wasn’t really roughing it at all. All roughing it meant was that you were surrounded by more trees and you were further from any bathhouse.  The sites were huge and very secluded! We were in site #9, it was nice because there was an open area where you could see the sky, but the rest was trees.  We were also closer to the water! We took a nice little hike down to the boat launch.



It was a great afternoon…and then the storm rolled in! We did not check the weather before we left the house…but when we heard the thunder we felt we could handle it. Then the wind started picking up! All the while we were trying to cook dinner!! We had chicken breasts on the campfire and ramen noodles cooking!   then it starts POURING! So I pick up Element and Landyn and run to the tent…as quick as I got to the tent, the wind picked up enough to blow over two trees in a site across from us.  Theo yells to me…GET IN THE CAR! So I take the kids and run to the car…I didn’t really think it was that came in so quickly. Luckily, it left as fast! The chicken cooked, it wasn’t too bad, and we cooked the rest of the noodles on the propane grill after it stopped raining.


That evening we took a walk down to the water and it was the most beautiful sunset!

It was a great adventure!! Can’t wait to do it again.  Oh yeah, and Landyn wanted me to mention that he found a slider turtle!


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Happy July


What a wonderful weekend it has been! I had a great time playing cards with some friends, camping and hiking, and spending time with my family!

We usually travel west to the Appalachian trail…but yesterday we decided to try something new. We headed out to Codorus state park. We have lived in Glen Rock for a year now and have only spent a short amount of time there.

We arrived at the campgrounds around 5pm, and were able to get a tent site but there were only about 3 to choose from. The tent site was $23 for the evening.

Back country camping is more of our thing and Codorus has a “roughing it” loop of sites, but they were all filled. So campsite 13 in loop A was ours for the evening, a large site with lots of space. It’s close to the general store which is a little shed that they use, it’s operated by volunteers. They have a nice selection of things you might have forgotten or ran out of, and they have dark chocolate snickers bars and coke if you need a treat. They also sell wood, a wheel barrel for $10 or bucket for $5.

It was very peaceful last night, after the fireworks. We grilled chicken over the campfire and made Ramen noodles to go with it!


I always find dinner in the woods on a campfire tastes the best. And we enjoyed the darks chocolate snickers for dessert.

When we woke up this morning we packed up and headed for a little hike. The Mary Ann Furnace trail was beautiful. An easy hike with a few hills and water.




We are definitely going to be spending more time at Codorus. Thinking our next adventure will be Kayaking!

Happy July!
~Raine Dawn

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. . .take a walk

On Wednesday we went for a walk, ok it was more like a marathon. The three of us ready to go, Element in her stroller while Theo and I take turns pushing. We set out on the rail trail in Glen Rock south towards New Freedom. It was so hot and humid out, but we were blessed to find tons of blackberry bushes ripe and ready for eating along the trail! We wondered what other plants we could eat, and which plants and berries we need to stay clear from. I’m always interested in knowing what plant life and vegetation is around and what uses they have.

So we reached Railroad and stopped by the General Store. When we walked up to the door we saw they were closed on Wednesdays and Fridays so we were going to head over to Captain Bobs Crabs. We quickly found out they do not open until 3pm and it was only 1.  So we had to decide…did we want to keep going and eat lunch in New Freedom, or turn around.  As we were contemplating this major decision, the owner of the General Store opened the door and let us come in to check it out! It was so cool seeing all the old record players and antiques. There were also a lot of old books, and beautiful old photographs. I could just see myself sitting in a house back in the 1800 playing my gramophone.  The owner turned on some music while we walked around. It was a wonderful experience, we have to go again and spend a little more time there. They also had hanging flower baskets outside for sale so we purchased a beautiful red one and picked it up on the way back.

Now its about 1:45, and we’re hungry… so that helped in making the decision to walk on to New Freedom. We’ve walked the rail trail before, but never this far.  It was nice and shady in spots and the train passed us a few times, which was a nice break in scenery. Element wanted to stop at a big playground in a nice park off the trail, but it was too hot to just sit in the sun.  There was a beautiful house on a hill, with an amazing porch, right before a sign that said New Freedom .9 miles.  As we arrived, the trees disappeared and it was REALLY HOT for the last quarter mile. The trail was paved and it was wide open for the train station, which made it feel even hotter. We quickly made our way to the train museum building.

We needed to eat lunch, and we saw The Hodle restaurant across the street from the train museum so we decided to go there.  The restaurant has a huge staircase up to the door, and an open porch area. The restaurant is really nice on the inside…remodeled and has an awesome loft upstairs.  The margarita the bartender made was delicious, and the chick quesadilla was really good.  It had fresh vegetables in it, and the chicken was juicy. The place had a nice relaxing atmosphere. Apparently Wednesdays is Crab Night, wish we would’ve decided to go for an evening hike!

After eating lunch, we headed over to the Rail Trail Cafe for desert.  A girl needs some good desert after a 5 mile hike! The Rail Trail Cafe came to the rescue with a delicious berry smoothie! It was made from fresh blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Oh and we also got a rice krispy treat…whoa…they sure do know how to make them. I like my rice krispy treats marshmallowy and buttery. Delicious.

So now that we are full and ready for a nap, we have to head back to Glen rock… another 5 miles. Oh my feet were sore and my legs just wanted to rest. But we pushed our way back…it was even more fun carrying the hanging flower basket back. One guy walking past us as we walked home asked if we were taking our flowers for a walk because Theo was carrying Element on his shoulders and the flowers were in the stroller. Seeing us from another persons perspective made me chuckle. We finally got back to Glen Rock around 4, and still have to walk up Church Street. What a hike!

What started out as just taking a walk, turned into a pretty awesome adventure and a great workout!
Its amazing what you’ll find in your world when you do something spontaneous and out of the norm.

~Raine Dawn

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Dream Catchers

Dream catchers are sacred circles. Being that I am Ojibwa, also known as Chippewa, dreamcatchers have always been a party of my life.  Growing up, there were dream catchers hanging on every wall, in every window, and in the car. We even had dream catcher earrings and christmas tree ornaments. I remember growing up making dream catchers in school and sunday school.  Though I don’t remember being taught exactly where they came from. I simply remember that they catch bad dreams and let the good dreams go through.

So as I got older I started reading and researching dream catchers and found that they were believed to have been created by the Anishnabe tribe, which is where the Chippewa began.  The Anishnabe people originated on the east coast, but migrated west after a prophecy about a disaster.  When they traveled west, there were groups of people who wanted to stay and adapt to the places they were. So there became different bands of tribes. My tribe is the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewas, in North Dakota.

So, there was said to be a time in Anishnabe history when the people were being tormented by nightmares. There was an elder who had a vision of a spider’s web in the morning dew, and knew each drop of dew was a bad dream the spiders web had caught the night before. As the sun rises in the dawn, the bad dreams are transformed by the light and evaporated. The people began crafting these beautiful ornaments to clear their space of bad dreams. Over time grandfathers and grandmothers created them for newborn children and were hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams.

So now we know a little more about the dream catcher paintings we recently made! It was such a blast! Thank you four for a wonderful evening! Your dream catchers are truly unique and each of you did an awesome job!




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So this lovely group of women created master pieces on June 21st, 2014.  The sunflower painting was chosen and the ladies were able to change and alter their painting however they felt worked best for their vision.  They were all so open to learning, you can see in their final master pieces. Most ladies decided on the blue background, which reminded us all of Van Gogh. The other two artists had visions of their own, I wish I would’ve seen the orange background vision! And Sherry’s beautiful deep magenta color and white aura really pop!

Thanks for a great time ladies!!

~Raine Dawn

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DragonFly Lotus Warriors

The group of ladies who painted the dragonfly lotus flower painting, were true creative warriors.


This painting was on the more advanced side, and these ladies took on the challenge open and ready to take it on.  There were many steps to this painting… first the moon, then the sky, water, lily pads, dragonfly, and finally the lotus flower. Each of these steps included mixing colors, creating values, and painting the shapes and details of each object! Talk about intense.  The final products were definitely worth it!




Thanks for sticking in there!! Amazing work!

~Raine Dawn

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Happy Friday the 13th!

What a beautiful day it is!!

Last night a few friends came over to the studio and we painted!
Here is the final example for this evening’s party!



*Transformation and Renewal*
June 13th, 2014

Lets be open to receiving what the universe has in store for us in these coming months.

Hope to see you this evening!